29 March 2011 03:42 [Source: ICIS news]
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (ICIS)--Saudi Arabia’s SABIC is on track to start up its methyl methacrylate (MMA) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) plants at Al Jubail by 2014, a senior company official said late on Monday.
"There is strong demand for functional polymers such as MMA and PMMA in Saudi Arabia, with the economy showing strong growth," Koos Van Haasteren, executive vice president for performance chemicals at SABIC, said on the sidelines of the International Petrochemical Conference (IPC).
The MMA plant would have a capacity of 180,000-250,000 tonnes/year, while the PMMA plant would have a capacity of 50,000-60,000 tonne/year.
The main demand driver for PMMA is the electronics sector, in particular, flat screen TVs.
Hosted by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA), the IPC continues through Tuesday.
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